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1878-2014 THE PRIDE OF LINCOLNSHIRE INSIDE THIS MAGAZINE: *The revival of the 70’s *A journey through the 80’s *1990’s - Town on the up *The 2000’s - A Decade of Demise *2010-14 The conference AND *A WEMBLEY SPECIAL
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last two visits to the national stadium. ello and welcome to Utm! Magazine, the only Grimsby Town Fans magazine that We’ve included player profiles, so you charts the progress of our beloved Mighty can look back on all your old favourMariners from the 1970’s to the Present day. ites, Kevin Drinkall, John Cockerill, and Shaun Cummington to name just a few. This magazine is a one off issue, in which we will look back over some of the teams’ Former professional Gary Childs tells greatest moments and achievements. us what it was like for him to pull on the famous Black and White stripes We’ll revisit thrilling games, legendary players and managerial greats. And we’ve also included a rundown of all The Mariners’ greatest achieveTake a look back at some of our most ments throughout the past five decades significant results like the 1980 League Cup win over Everton in our ‘Mariners Such a diverse range of information to Memories’ section (of each chapter) indulge in, UTM! promises to be a great read, so sit back, relax and let us take you Wembley double slipping from your on a trip down memory lane, as we rememory? We’ve got that covered with live the Glory Years of Grimsby Town FC . our ONE OFF Wembley special which includes memoirs of that Magical season in ‘98, as well as a look back over our
The revival of the 70’s We begin our journey through the decades with a period commonly referred to as the revival of the 70s. After the second world war, the Mariners had gone through a period of steady decline, one that, in 1968, saw the team slip into the fourth division (League 2 as it is now). The Mariners upturn in fortunes began in the 1971/2 season. Given the clubs recent decline, no one really gave them a chance, writing the team off before a ball was even kicked. However in this particular season the Mariners turned their luck around, strolling to the fourth division title at the second time of asking. Their success was largely accredited to the appointment of Lawrie Mcmenemy as manager, as he guided them from mid table mediocrity to being league champions in his first season in charge. McMenemy has been described as being unique with his management style His reign was to last only a short time however, as he left the club in 1973 to be replaced by former Scunthorpe boss Ron Ashman. The Cambridgeshire born former Norwich Captain spent his entire playing career at Carrow Road, making 662 appearances in total, and scoring 52 goals over a 16 year period. Aside from his incredible loyalty, Ashman held a number of honours to his name, which included captaining the Canaries to the 1959 FA Cup Semi Final, when they were a mere 3rd division side. Ashman also won promotion with the Norfolk club in 1960, before winning what is now the Carling Cup in 1962. It is therefore no surprise that Grimsby chose him to be successor to McMenemy, given his track record as a player. However, his reign came to an end in a relatively short amount of time, lasting just 2 years before he left the club in 1975. Despite his accolades as a player Ashman could only lead Grimsby to a highest league finish of 6th in division three, a feat which, without play-off games to earn promotion, did little to help the struggling Mariners. And so began another steady decline and the introduction of yet another Manager. Next to take over the reigns at Blundell Park was Youth Boss and former Northern Ireland international Tommy Casey. While the former Leeds and Newcastle United Midfielder did well at bringing Grimsby’s Youth
Class of 1970- the Grimsby Town team that started the decade players through the ranks to the first team. However, the on the pitch performances weren’t good enough from the first team, and Casey was sacked. The Mariners brought in Johnny Newman to try and salvage the season, but he could do little to stop the rot , and the club were eventually relegated to Division Four in 1977. There they stayed until 1979, where they finished runners up in the Fourth Division under then Manager George Kerr. The following season, Kerr led the Mariners to the Division Three title, and the team reached the Quarter Final of the Carling Cup, following a 2-1 win over Everton in the Fourth Round. 22,000 fans were at Blundell Park to witness that victory, which has gone down in history as one of the greatest games in living memory for some Grimsby Town supporters. Town also reached the third round of the FA Cup before eventually being beaten 5-0 against top flight side Liverpool. After that game, Reds Manager Bob Paisley praised the Lincolnshire side’s style of football, and their determined attitude under Kerr. And so, the 70’s game to an end, with the Mariners finishing the decade in the second tier of English Football. Now, over the next few pages, UTM will take you on a trip down memory lane, for another look at some of the best games, players, and team acheivements of the decade.
Mariners Memories Grimsby 2-1 Everton
January 1979, Blundell Park, Attendance 22,000
Grimsby Town 4-0 Sheffield United Grimsby Town were promoted as Champions of Division Three under the stewardship of George Kerr. The Mariners had coasted to the top of the league and remained there for most of the season, needing a victory over the Blades in this match to secure the title. Sheffield United had been poor up to this point and their season was in a state of decline. Let that take nothing away from the Mariners though as they brushed their South Yorkshire neighbours aside with ease, strolling to a 3-0 lead at the break. The home side took the lead after a well worked goal from Joe Waters. The Midfielder made a run from just inside the Sheffield United half and finished superbly to give Town the lead. At times, Town completely dominated play, with United unable to get near the ball. the Mariners attacked constantly, so much so that Kevin Moore spent the majority of the afternoon loitering around the final third of the pitch. Despite Waters’ early opener it was to be a different Mariner who would take home the match ball after this game. That Honour was Given to Kevin Drinkell who rounded off his superb season with a hattrick, meaning he finished on 17 league
Above: Kev Drinkall and Mike Brolly are carried from the pitch following Town’s emphatic 3rd Division title Victory. Picture: Grimsby Telegraph
and cup goals. a record breaking attendance of 19,276 saw the game, the biggest crowd at Blundell Park for 15 years, and they were there to witness the Mariners’ long awaited return to the Second Division. Grimsby Town vs. Sheffield United Batch Richardson D. Moore 2 Cutbush K. Moore 3 Tibbott Waters 4 Kenworthy Wigginton 5 A. Moore Crombie 6 Matthews Brolly 7 de Goey Ford 8 Speight Drinkell 9 Brown Mitchell 10 Sabella Cumming 11 Wiggan Stone (10) Sub Charles (7) Attendance: 19,276
Lawrie McMenemy Name: Lawrie McMenemy D.O.B 16.07.35 (Aged 78 Place of Birth Gateshead Playing Career Newcastle Youth, Gateshead Manager Career: Bishop Aukland 1965-68 Doncaster 1968-71 Grimsby Town 1971-73 Southampton 1973-85 Sunderland 1985-87 England Under 21 1990-93 Northern Ireland 1999 Years Active: Player (1959-1961) Manager 1965-1999 (34 years) McMenemy as Northern Ireland Boss in 1999 Picture: wordpress.com Lawrie McMenemy remains one of Grimsby Town’s most famous managers in recent history. Never renowned for his playing career, McMenemy is instead honoured for his managerial achievements Born in Gateshead in 1935, McMenemy, now 78, spent his entire playing days with ‘The Heed’ before an injury in the early 1960’s ended his career. Rather than quit the sport however, the former Newcastle United Youth Player turned instead to coaching. in 1965 he took his first coaching job at Bishop Aukland (in the North East) where he spent 3 years before moving on to manage Doncaster. However, he was far from successful during his time in South Yorkshire and his tenure lasted just half a season.
McMenemy was sacked by Doncaster in 1971, but didn’t have to wait long for a job. Prior to his appointment Grimsby Town had been struggling at the wrong end of the fourth division table, so much so that in 1968, the club had to apply for re election to the league after finishing second from bottom. Naturally, the Mariners wanted someone to stop the rot and so brought in McMenemy in the second half of that same season. in 71/72, McMenemy achieved what he set out to, leading Grimsby Town out of the Fourth Division courtesy of a thrilling final day encounter with Exeter City in front of a huge 22,500 strong crowd at Blundell park. Among Mariners fans, he is forever remembered for that season and that result.
McMenemy enjoyed even more success after he left Grimsby Town, guiding the then 2nd Division Southampton to the FA Cup. They overcame Manchester United in the final. Bobby Stokes grabbing the only goal of the game. Southamton remain one of only three clubs outside the top flight to win the cup to this day. McMenemy has an area of Grimsby Town’s stadium named after him, the McMenemy’s function suite. Mcmenemy is now retired, having finished his managerial career as Northern Ireland Boss in 1999.